Life Sciences, orientation Viticulture and Enology

Master FH

Fachhochschule Westschweiz HES-SO


Nyon (VD) - Sitten (VS) - Zollikofen (BE) - Olten (SO)




Fachhochschulen FH

Zeitliche Beanspruchung





Life Sciences, Biotechnologie


Aktualisiert 16.06.2023


Beschreibung der Fachrichtung

The grape wine industry is confronted with ever increasing challenges. The ongoing climate change requires new cultivars and new production techniques; advances in modern technology call for new skills; the increasing complexity of the social and economic environment demands innovation and anticipation to satisfy rapidly changing needs.The Major VE provides students with the tools to analyze and resolve complex problems in Viticulture and Enology, from grape to wine, from management to market, on a strategic and operational level.

Beschreibung des Angebots

Organisation des études

The Viticulture and Enology Major is offered as a joint diploma between Changins – Haute école de viticulture et œnologie and the Vinifera EuroMaster. Students following this programme will spend the first year in HES-SO. Their second year will be spent in one of Universities from the Vinifera EuroMaster Consortium.

Le master représente le second diplôme universitaire après le bachelor et équivaut généralement à l'acquisition de 90-120 crédits ECTS.

Aufbau der Ausbildung

Master in Life Sciences - major Viticulture & Enology

 120 Crédits ECTS

First Year


Core Competence Business

  • Business Administration for Life Sciences
  • Management and Leadership for Life Sciences
  • Innovation and Project Management
  • Politics and Society


Core Competence Data

  • Handling and Visualising Data
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • Modelling and Exploration of Multivariate Data
  • Data and Ethics

Cluster-specific Modules

  • Progresses in Food Processing
  • Nutrition and Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases
  • Foodomics
  • Sustainable Sourcing, Processing and Tracing of Food
  • Advanced Sensory Techniques
  • Journal Club “Food and Nutrition Sciences”


Choose 10 modules : minimum 5CC, minimum 3CS


Specialization Modules

  • Grapevine Environment - Sustainable Viticulture
  • Genetic Resources and Grapevine Production
  • Winery Design
  • Fermented Beverages Technology, Chemistry and Microbiology
  • Wine Economics and Management


Additional Offerfrom others Clusters

  • International Study Trips
  • Modelling of Complex Systems
  • Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • Optimisation and Bio-Inspired Algorithms
  • Imaging for the Life Sciences
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Sustainable Natural Resource Management
  • Biodiversity



Choose 5 modules : 4 ECTS


Personnal Reserch Projet

  • Literature Review and Research Proposal
  • Preliminary Project


Second Year


Vinifera EuroMaster

Master Thesis




1 crédit ECTS équivaut à environ 25-30 heures de travail

Link zum Aufbau der Ausbildung



  • Bachelor in Viticulture or Enology or
  • Bachelor in a related field from a University of Federal Institute of Technology
  • Equivalent education with practical experience in vineyard and winery

Complementary course work in viticulture and enology may be required based on the candidate’s accademic performance.

Aperçu des différentes voies d'accès aux masters consécutifs : Admission - vue d'ensemble

Link zur Zulassung


For candidates who need a student visa: 15 February 2023
For all other candidates : 30 April 2023
Late application period until 30 June 2023


Registration fee: CHF 150.-

Tuition fee: CHF 500.-/semester

Study costs: CHF 250.-/semester


  • Master Fachhochschule FH

Master of Science HES-SO in Life Sciences, orientation Viticulture and Enology


The Master of Science HES-SO in Life Sciences is internationally recognised.

Master graduates will be able to occupy leadership positions in national and international companies as well as in government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

They are heading teams and manage interdisciplinary projects in:

  • Research & Development
  • Quality Management
  • Marketing and Business Managment

Praktische Hinweise

Ort / Adresse

  • Nyon (VD)
  • Sitten (VS)
  • Zollikofen (BE)
  • Olten (SO)

Zeitlicher Ablauf


Mi-septembre (semaine 38)


4 semesters

Zeitliche Beanspruchung

  • Vollzeit


  • Englisch

The course language is English. The Master’s thesis may be written in English or one of the official Swiss languages (French, German, and Italian) in agreement with the thesis advisor.


Auskünfte / Kontakt

Tél. : +41 58 900 01 10